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Cuyuni contretemps

first_imgAt the end of last month, officials of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), travelling in a boat in the Cuyuni River, Eteringbang area, reported that Venezuelan soldiers from their “bank” of the river, fired shots at them which luckily or deliberately missed. Guyana immediately lodged a protest to which the Venezuelans responded three days ago, rejecting the charge.“It is important to note that the investigations carried out by the Venezuelan military authorities have not reported of any incident in the above mentioned area and our military units confirm not having carried out any military exercise in that location,” the statement from the Venezuelan Embassy asserted.This incident is only the latest in a series of confrontational moves by Venezuela towards Guyana during the past year and Guyanese need to keep focused on the pertinent issues so that the interests of our country and nation are safeguarded. The bottom line for us is Venezuela unilaterally created a controversy in February 1962 when at the UN they disputed the “full and final” Arbitral Award made in 1899 that settled the border between Venezuela and Guyana.As a prerequisite to granting independence to Guyana in 1966, Britain as the colonial power participated in a three-way conference in 1965 that produced the “Geneva Agreement” outlining the procedures that must be mutually agreed to for the Good Office of the UN Secretary General to address the Venezuelan controversy.After following two approved methods for the last half century, Guyana has proposed that the controversy be placed before the World Court for a full and final juridical decision. As part of the Geneva Agreement both parties were instructed not to enlarge their claims.In March 2015, after the US oil giant ExxonMobil had been requested to begin drilling for oil in the Stabroek Block off the Essequibo Coast, Venezuela wrote the company objecting to the move. Guyana protested this interference in its internal affairs. Back in October 2013, the Guyanese Government had hired the oil drilling company Anadarko to conduct studies for future oil concessions in the Roraima Block off Essequibo’s coast, where it was concentrating on petroleum exploration. The Venezuelan Navy intercepted the ship and forced it into a port at Venezuela’s Margarita Island. The captain, a Ukrainian national, was charged with violating Venezuela’s Exclusive Economic Zone while the rest of the crew were released.In the subsequent effort to deal with the matter, the Foreign Ministers of Guyana and Venezuela met on October 2013 in Trinidad and hashed out an agreement that a technical team would meet within four months, “to explore mechanisms within the context of international law to address the issue of maritime delimitation”.As Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett noted at the time, both sides restated that their individual and contradictory claims were valid, but in an evident coup for Guyana, the maritime demarcation was delinked from the fallacious claim Venezuela had been making for Essequibo.However almost immediately after the ExxonMobil rig struck oil in May 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro issued a presidential decree, No 1787, and published in their Ordinary Official Gazette No 40,669, dated May 27. The map claimed Venezuela’s sovereignty of all waters within the 200 miles range hence blocking Guyana’s access to resources in that area of the Atlantic Ocean. Guyana and Caricom protested this decree when it was uncovered in July 2015 and Venezuela withdrew it and replaced it with one that did not mention coordinates.The point to be made is while Venezuela has complained that the US is behind the heightening of present tensions, the Maduro administration has taken initiatives to raise its border controversy independent of that country and its obvious strategic concerns over the Venezuelan oil reserves.While there is a dispute over facts in the latest skirmish at Cuyuni, the border controversy must be settled through a judicial settlement.We are heartened the government has hired two high-level legal experts in this area.last_img read more

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Light-rail project funds approved

first_imgThe commission also approved funding for a project to improve safety at railway grade crossings along the Metrolink system at Van Nuys Boulevard and Buena Vista/Vanowen streets. The overall project cost is about $14 million, most of which has already been funded from several state, local and federal sources; Wednesday’s commission action provided about $600,000 toward that overall funding. The CTC allocated nearly half of the $640 million for the first phase of the Exposition Line, 8.5 miles from the existing Metro Rail station at Seventh Street/Metro Center. The line will head south toward the University of Southern California, then along Exposition Boulevard and end at Washington/National in Culver City. Construction on the first phase started last year and is scheduled for completion in 2010. The second phase, still in the planning stages, will connect Culver City to the beach in Santa Monica. While there had been concern that cuts in transportation funds by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would jeopardize some of the projects, the commission determined that funds were available and approved the money unanimously with no debate. “It’s a very important day for Los Angeles,” said Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, who chairs the budget subcommittee on transportation. “This is absolutely fundamental to the future of not only this line, but public transit in Los Angeles. The Exposition Line is a foundation for what can be, to alleviate congestion throughout our region.” Metro had already begun construction on the first phase, so failing to win approval for the last state funding piece would have sent agency officials scrambling for other sources. “I think Metro would have moved to delay other projects, because this project is under construction,” said David Yale, deputy executive officer with Metro. He said the Metro board has a list of projects it wants to pursue but has not allocated funding because it was waiting for state action on the Expo Line. Other Los Angeles projects approved by the commission included widening the off-ramp from the 105 Freeway onto Sepulveda Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport. Officials say traffic on that off-ramp often backs up onto the freeway during busy times, causing crashes and additional freeway congestion. The project costs $7.6 million. harrison.sheppard @dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles commuters got some long-sought relief Wednesday as the California Transportation Commission greenlighted a costly light-rail project to aid Westside commuters but provided only slight aid to the San Fernando Valley. The funding comes after months of being stalled amid a legislative budget deadlock but now means that several projects can move forward, including $315 million for the Exposition light-rail line project. “(This) ensures continued progress without interruption in building the Expo light-rail line to Culver City and ultimately to Santa Monica,” said the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors chairman, Zev Yaroslavsky, in a written statement. “It hastens the day we can finish the project and bring mass rapid transit and a measure of genuine traffic relief to the people of West Los Angeles.” last_img read more

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Endorsements for Manhattan school board

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In this race, we would hope that no matter who wins, all the candidates will remain active in the district. Our view is that Howorth merits re-election. She says the district must continue to demonstrate fiscal stability to voters before any future school bond measure could be placed on the ballot. Howorth also holds open the possibility of a parcel tax, which other top-performing districts in California depend upon. For the second seat, we feel that Fournell would be a good fit given his service on the 7-11 panel and the need for the district to better use its properties to increase operating revenues. Fournell’s top priorities include working to retain quality teachers. He vows to reduce the 16 percent teacher turnover rate that occurred during the last school year. Fournell would also work to reduce the long-term debt load from the previous school construction program. On Election Day, we recommend a vote for Amy Howorth and Bill Fournell. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Manhattan Beach, only three candidates are running for two seats on the school board. One might reasonably conclude from the small field that the current board and administration have moved beyond the divisions of four years ago when the charges of fiscal mismanagement led voters to seek new leadership. As one of the candidates in the Nov. 6 election, incumbent Amy Howorth, sees it, the district is no longer depleting its reserves, the budget is balanced, underused properties have been identified and relations with the city and Education Foundation have been strengthened. Test scores in the district remain among the highest in the state. Another candidate for school board, Bill Fournell, is an information technology consultant and school volunteer who served on the 7-11 committee, which surveyed district assets. Rounding out the field is Lester Silverman, a doctor and businessman who serves on the city’s Parking and Public Improvements Commission. Silverman is also Grand View Elementary School’s liaison with the school board. last_img read more

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THEY’RE ‘HONDA WAY’ TO A GREAT DAY

first_imgIt’s time to get those Honda 50, 70 and 90 bikes greased up and ready to go for the first Honda run of the season in Donegal.The annual Loughanure Honda Run take place on bank holiday Monday, 18th March leaving Casadh an tSugain, Loughanure at 1.15pm with registration from 12 noon.Entry fee is €20 per bike and there is a strict ‘no helmet, no run’ policy. The route will be the same as 2012 taking in some of the Rosses scenery and will be explained on the day. Refreshments will be served at registration and again on completion of the run.Proceeds in aid of the Mental Health Day Care Centre, Dungloe and Naoinra Loch an Iuir.Further information contact Brid at (087) 7705582 or keep an eye on Facebook for updates.THEY’RE ‘HONDA WAY’ TO A GREAT DAY was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeHonda Runrosseslast_img read more

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Conte dismisses speculation Hazard could replace Neymar at Barcelona

first_img Eden Hazard 1 Antonio Conte insists there is no chance of Eden Hazard leaving Chelsea this summer.There has been speculation that Barcelona could launch a bid for the Belgium international after Neymar completed his world-record £200m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.But Conte has no fears that Hazard will jump ship, insisting his star playmaker is fully focused on the Blues.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal, Conte said: “Hazard is not for sale.“He is very happy here and he is very excited to start the season with Chelsea.”last_img read more

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Pogba ‘desperate’ to leave Man United in January after captaincy snub

first_img Danny Mills says Manchester United should have appointed Mauricio Pochettino in the summerUnited reportedly value Pogba at £180million, with Juventus and Real Madrid the front-runners for his signature.However, neither club were willing to match that price tag during the summer, and the Red Devils would be seriously light in midfield without Pogba.Any transfer could hinge on United finding a suitable replacement, with West Ham’s Declan Rice and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff both previously linked with moves to Old Trafford.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you three LIVE Premier League commentaries! Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Paul Pogba will push to leave Manchester United in January following the latest episode in his Old Trafford nightmare, reports claim.The Frenchman was overlooked for the captaincy as United scraped past Rochdale on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:34Loaded: 10.47%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Getty Images – Getty And Pogba, returning to the side following an injury setback, did not take a spot kick during the shootout victory despite being one of the club’s regular takers.The 26-year-old publicly expressed a desire to move on in the summer, with his brother admitting a switch to Real Madrid would be a dream for the midfielder.His absence at a team-bonding meal on Wednesday led to further scrutiny on his Old Trafford future and, according to The Sun, there is no chance of Pogba signing a new contract with the club.The newspaper reports that the World Cup winner, whose current deal expires in June 2021, will try to force his way out in January.center_img Pogba is reportedly fed up at Old Trafford LIVE on talkSPORT 1 Stoke vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTQPR vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTlast_img read more

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A Present for NIH: President Signs Law Creating New Translational Center

first_imgA year after advisers made the proposal and following months of controversy, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has secured a new translational research center. The final step came just before Christmas when President Barack Obama signed a $1 trillion 2012 spending bill on 23 December that includes funding for NIH. The bill also launches the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)—backed by NIH Director Francis Collins—which will aim to push basic discoveries more quickly to the clinic by “reengineering” the drug development process. The creation of NCATS roiled the biomedical research community partly because the reorganization dismantles the National Center for Research Resources, which had many staunch supporters. Some industry leaders were also concerned that NIH funding would tilt away from basic science toward drug development, which they say academic scientists are not suited to do. Many scientific leaders in industry still feel that way, says Roy Vagelos, a former CEO of Merck. “The generation of new knowledge is crucial” to drug discovery, Vagelos says. “If academia stops doing it, nobody will do it.” NIH’s press release acknowledges this worry, vowing that the ratio of basic and applied research at NIH “will not be disturbed” by the creation of NCATS. 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Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of the Parkinson’s Action Network, says her group isn’t too concerned about language in the spending bill that states that NCATS cannot fund clinical trials that go beyond a certain stage. “I’m quite sure they can work within it,” she says. The $575 million NCATS will start out as a collection of existing programs transferred from NCRR and other institutes. The one new program in NCATS—the Cures Acceleration Network—received only $10 million in the spending bill, far less than advocates such as Rick had hoped for. But that should be enough to get started, says Rick. She’s also excited by plans for NCAT’s advisory council, which will include representatives from industry and patient groups. “It’s a new and different kind of council,” she says. A memo from Collins to the staff announcing the creation of NCATS accidentally went out 6 days early. That memo also announced NCAT’s temporary leaders: the acting director will be Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health; the acting deputy director will be Kathy Hudson, NIH deputy director for science, outreach, and policy. NIH began searching for NCATS’s first director this fall.last_img read more

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It was fantastic to win in India: Vettel

first_imgMoments after winning the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, double world champion driver Sebastian Vettel described his performance as “fantastic” and said he is very happy to win the first ever Formula One race hosted by this country.”Today is a fantastic performance. It is great to be winning the first ever Grand Prix of India. To put this arena so well is fantastic. Whole in one it is fantastic. I want to thank everyone for our win,” said Vettel who registered his 11th triumph of the season today.Vettel paid tribute to MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli and IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon, who succumbed to fatal crashes recently while racing in different circuits.”We pray that every time nothing happens as Marco Simoncelli and Dan Wheldon disappeared last week-end and we will never forget these young commited two drivers,” he said.The Red Bull driver said his team is still hungry to win and he is looking forward to races at Abu Dhabi and Brazil.”The car is fantastic. The team is enjoying the performance. When I walk in the garage, I see that the guys are working very hard. We are still hungry. It is a fantastic achievement. I am looking at the two next races,” said Vettel, who will next bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s 13 F1 win record in a season.The 24-year-old said the circuit was challenging and a good start was very important.”It is very challenging. It is very easy to go over the limit and to end up in the dust. Then you have to fight your way back. It is not so easy with traffic,” he said.advertisement”The start was important. I was focusing a lot on turn 3.It was crucial to have a clean exit. I was able to pull away in the first laps. Jenson pitted. We had to react. The second sting was more tricky to manage.”The tires were a bit of an issue. But I found the rhythm again. After Jenson pitted, we reacted the lap after. Then I was able to push. We wanted to have Jenson in the mirrors and that is where we kept him,” he added.Vettel said a new track poses many questions but now that they have the experience of racing here, they would have more data for next year.”It is always clear than when there is a new track there are many questions to answer. Like tire choice. We knew about the soft tires. We were not sure if we had to pit twice or three times. These days we get an idea about the track. It is different when it is new,” he said.”We have more data for next year and we can understand more for the car and for the setup. It is more difficult for strategy, set-up when the track is new. As of now, our life will be a lot easier.”McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, who finished second at the podium, said it was a fantastic race and dedicated it to Marco and Dan.”I am fantastically happy. I got a good start and then I was trying to match Sebastian’s pace. Yesterday I had a disaster in qualifying but it was a good race,” he said.”It was a tough week-end last week with two fatalities. I knew Dan very well. It is a very sad race. I think we should dedicate this race to Marco and Dan.”The 31-year-old British said he lacked pace to catch up with Vettel but overall it was a good race.”I had Mark behind me. I was able to pull away. It was a fun race. We did a good job. The pace is not quite there. But we will make up,” he said.”The race was very different. I had a good start and then it was about judging where to put the car on turn 3. You have to be very careful where to put the car on turn 3. Mark pushed me very hard. We had a go on turn 4. In the end it was tricky.”The guys on the team did a tremendous pit-stop. The pace was good. But when Sebastian was in the rhythm, we could not touche him. We did not have the pace.”I hope that Sebastian is not untouchable. He is difficult to challenge. We tried everything today. But Sebastian and Red Bull were untouchable. We hope we can challenge him,” he added.Button also congratulated his team and said they will push hard for a strong finish in the next two races.advertisement”I want to congratulate the team for winning the second place for constructor. This means we are strong for the next two races. I am very excited with the challenge from Abu Dhabi and Brazil,” he said.Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso too was pleased to finish third but rued their complicated start at the Budd International circuit today.”I am very pleased with this podium. It is fantastic to be on the podium on occasion of a first ever Grand Prix. As for us at Ferrari, we did not make the perfect start. We lost a few positions,” he said.”The second pit-stop was a bit complicated as we did two extra laps. The hard tires were not as good as the stops. The team did the right call. We were calm and we tried to take the advantage from the extra two laps.”In the last stint it was a bit of a question mark. Even if we were third at that point of the race, we were not sure how it would go. If more laps, the podium would have been more difficult,” he reckoned.Talking about the recent deaths of Marco and Dan, the 30-year-old Spanish said, “Mixed Feelings after sad days for motor-sports with two fatalities and we will remember these two fantastic friends.”Alonso also had good things to say about the circuit. “The circuit was fantastic for 60 laps. It is very nice to drive. It was a narrow line from normal line. It will improve. The circuit has a bit of everything: Hairpin, good start,” he said.”Two DRS zone which worked ok with more overtaking possibilities and a good combination of corners in 5th and 6th gear which we love to drive.”The circuit itself will improve too. There was too much sand the first day. Now the circuit is in a very good conditions. There were a bit of issued on the kerb with my team-mate, there will be a better solution on this subject to avoid any risk or any accident,” he added.Although two more races are still to go, both drivers and constructor champions have been decided and Alonso said his priority would be to focus on 2012.”Two races left and 13 points away from Jenson. There are 50 points still available in the last two races of the season.Finishing second is better than fifth. But it is not a big priority for us to get a better position in the championship.”This season, I will remember my win in Silverstone or a few great podiums. But once the championship is not in our hand, what can we do? The team worked well on my car. My priority will be 2012,” he signed off.last_img read more

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Renault Kwid bookings open today, here are 9 things to know about the car

first_imgRenault India has began taking bookings for its small car Kwid at an initial token price of Rs 25,000. The booking amount is refundable.The French carmaker is hoping to cash in on the hype created around the car.Before you go book your Kwid, here are 9  things to know about the car:1: Engine: Renault has designed a brand new engine for the Kwid. The car will be powered by an all-aluminium, three-cylinder, 800cc petrol engine. It is a four-valve unit with dual overhead cams (DOHC which is simply more modern than expected). The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual which will ensure optimum fuel efficiency which will be a prominent selling point in India.2. Platform: The Kwid is based on the new CMF-A platform and sports a unique design. The front features a typical Renault look with the badge taking centrestage. The grille too is inspired by the SUVs Renault offers and has multiple rectangular slats much like the Duster.3. Ground clearance: For a car its size, the Kwid offers ample ground clearance of 180mm, a figure mostly seen in SUVs.4. The Kwid comes with bulging wheel arches with the plastic cladding giving it an SUVesque look. Inside the wheel arches, the Kwid runs on 155/80-R13 tyres which are fastened using only three lug nuts instead of the conventional four.5. The seats are comfortable and the driver has a good view of the road ahead. It is much like being in a compact crossover. There is ample shoulder room to allow two to sit without grazing one another.advertisement6. The instrument console is an all digital affair which comes with a speedo, odo, trip, fuel guage etc. The centre console houses a touch screen multimedia interface which offers audio, Bluetooth connectivity and even SatNav.7. No power windows for rear passengers: Rear passengers have got to make do with manual window winders instead of electrically operated units.8: Storage: The boot is one of the best in the class. There is no intrusion which can eat up stowage capacity and this helps it score more points. The dash also offers a deep glove compartment on top as well as in the lower half. In the middle, a shelf has been created to offer quick storage. Cup holders and door pockets are also provided.  9: Pricing: Renault has already announced a price range of Rs 3 to 4 lakh and that makes it phenomenal value for money.last_img read more

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FC Dallas 2019 season preview

first_imgIt was time for Oscar Pareja to move on. After several years coaching FC Dallas, the former FCD midfielder and later academy director pushed for a bigger challenge. This offseason, he left for Club Tijuana in Liga MX. For a club like FCD built around developing the next generation, the next move was somewhat obvious. After a quick coaching search, Luchi Gonzalez, the 38-year-old academy director, was announced as the next head coach of the club.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We gave every other candidate an honest look because you want to hear what they have to say, hear their perspectives or their ideas. We came back and we both said, ‘It’s Luchi,'” FC Dallas President and owner Dan Hunt told Goal in December. Gonzalez now will coach professionals for the first time, though his credentials at the youth level are enough to have plenty of fans believing there won’t be too big of a drop off from Pareja. He’s hardly a carbon copy, though. There are similarities, but FC Dallas will have a new look this season. Gonzalez has shown in the preseason that he’s ready to make a tactical shift, starting the year preferring a 4-3-3 formation to Pareja’s 4-2-3-1. The team also should get even younger with three potential U.S. U-20s (Paxton Pomykal, Brandon Servania and Jesus Ferreira pending Ferreira’s FIFA approval to join the Americans) pushing for starting minutes. That doesn’t mean, however, that FCD will look like a youth team in the upcoming season. Veterans like center-back duo Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler should lend experience to the team and ground it, as will players who are young but experienced with 23-year-old midfielder Carlos Gruezo and 23-year-old Jesse Gonzalez both set for their 100th MLS appearance this season should they stay healthy and keep a hold on their starting jobs. “Balance is the key. In life we have to look for balance. We can’t eat a good steak every day. Some days you have to go buy a burger from McDonald’s,” Gonzalez said at his introductory news conference. “If you don’t, the value of the steak isn’t the same. The value of lobster isn’t the same. “We’re going to be looking for a balance in this group. Young guys, guys in the middle, more veteran players and we’re committed to this. The club has the philosophy of developing and playing young players.” How did FC Dallas perform in 2018?Reto Ziegler FC Dallas LAFC MLS 20182018 finish: Fourth in the Western Conference (16-9-9), eliminated from playoffs in Western Conference knockout roundDespite sitting in first place in the conference for most of the summer, FCD slipped to fourth place and couldn’t avoid a knockout match against the red-hot Portland Timbers. FC Dallas’ key offseason lossesMaximiliano Urruti FC Dallas MLSA pair of FC Dallas forwards have moved on to MLS rivals, with Maxi Urruti joining the Montreal Impact and Tesho Akindele heading to Orlando City. Winger Roland Lamah was selected by FC Cincinnati in the expansion draft, meaning the club’s top two goalscorers are gone. He’ll be reunited with Victor Ulloa. The Dallas homegrown midfielder was swapped to the Orange and Blue for general allocation money.Two center backs in very different phases of their careers left FCD as well, with Maynor Figueroa and his 20 years of professional experience joining Houston in free agency and teenager Chris Richards being sold to Bayern Munich.FC Dallas’ key offseason additionsHD Jesus Duenas Bryan Acosta Mexico Honduras Gold CupFC Dallas brought in Honduras international midfielder Bryan Acosta as a designated player (and is yet to announce its plans to deal with the four designated players it now has, one over the allotted three). Bressen arrived from Gremio and is expected to be the team’s third center back.To compensate for its losses up top, FCD inked Czech forward Zdenek Ondrasek from Wisla Krakow.Also, as is the club’s custom, a new homegrown player was signed this offseason with midfielder Edwin Cerrillo joining the club’s hoard of teenagers.Full FC Dallas roster entering 2019 seasonPaxton Pomykal MLS FC Dallas 04152017Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez, Jimmy Maurer, Kyle ZobekDefenders: Bressan, Reggie Cannon, Matt Hedges, Moises Hernandez, Ryan Hollingshead, Callum Montgomery, Marquinhos Pedroso, Reto ZieglerMidfielders: Bryan Acosta, Pablo Aranguiz, Michael Barrios, Edwin Cerrillo, Carlos Gruezo, Jacori Hayes, Santiago Mosquera, Paxton Pomykal, Thomas Roberts, Brandon ServaniaForwards: Dominique Badji, Cristian Colman, Jesus Ferreira, Zdenek Ondrasek, Bryan ReynoldsFC Dallas projected starting lineupGFX FC Dallas xi projectionIt appears Gonzalez is planning to utilize a 4-3-3 with Carlos Gruezo sitting behind Paxton Pomykal and Bryan Acosta. Up top, Dom Badji and Ondrasek will fight to be the No. 9 between Colombian wingers Michael Barrios and Santiago Mosquera. At left back, Marquinhos Pedroso is recovering from offseason core muscle surgery, and Ryan Hollingshead has played a significant number of preseason minutes at the left back position. The center back pairing of Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler was one of the league’s best last season, while Reggie Cannon has few challengers for the right-back role in which he excelled. Jesse Gonzalez may not have the goalkeeper job sealed up but has fought off competition in each of the last two seasons. Expect Jimmy Maurer to see at least a few cameos for the second consecutive seasons. While young players like midfielder Brandon Servania and forward Jesus Ferreira may be pushing for spots, Gonzalez noted he won’t toss them in just to play his kids. “The players have to earn their opportunities, just like a veteran player. They know that. Even though I’ve coached a lot of them in the past and I know their families and I know their backgrounds, I have to treat them just like the other players,” he said this month. “They’re competing, but they’re doing it well. Whether it’s a young player or experienced player, they’re all showing they’re part of this family, part of this culture of development, a growth-minded mentality.” FC Dallas’ national TV coverageLuchi Gonzalez FC Dallas FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy – Saturday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Univision FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids – Saturday, March 23, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Unimas Atlanta United vs. FC Dallas – Saturday, April 20, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes – April 27, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Univision Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas – Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m. ET on Univision FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls – Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. ET on Univision LAFC vs. FC Dallas – Thursday, May 16, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas – Saturday, June 8, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Univision Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas – Sunday, June 30, at 11 p.m. ET on Unimas Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas – Saturday, September 14, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Univisionlast_img read more

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